Three Macarthur teenagers have beat out the world’s best on softball’s biggest stage.
Ryan King, Joshua Bond and Chris Plain were part of the Australian Steelers under-19s team which won the Junior Men’s Softball World Championship.
The Steelers secured a 6-1 win in the final over Japan to secure the title in Prince Albert, Canada.
Highlights included King smashing a home run to guide his side to victory.
Australia’s assistant coach Adam Rindfleish, who is also a long-time Macarthur Softball Association member, said it was a great feeling to win the title.
“We are stoked with the result and feel on top of the world,” he said.
“We were solid, both in offence and defence during the final.
“Our hitting was amazing throughout the game.”
Rindfleish said King, Bond and Plain all contributed to the side’s success.
“Josh, Chris and Ryan were among the top hitters in our team during the championship,” he said.
“I think it was a great effort from our entire squad and everybody had a role to play.”
Australia’s strongest challenge during the tournament came from Japan, with the sides meeting on three occasions.
Japan won its pool match against the Steelers, but Australia secured victory in the semi-final and final.
“Japan was definitely the team to beat, besides us,” Rindfleish said.
“They were so disciplined and were exceptional at the basics.”
The world championship completed 18 months of preparation for the Australian players.
The lead-up work included taking part in two national championships, a Friendship Series against New Zealand teams and two major training camps.
Rindfleish said the Steelers were rewarded for being so well prepared.
“From the moment we jumped on the plane [to Canada], the team had the right attitude and spirit,” he said.